Anyone with curly hair knows that the key to a good hair day is in the cut. If even the slightest bit too much is lobbed off the ends, you may find yourself fighting frizz or battling a triangular shape after every wash. If you went in for a trim and walked out with a bob, a hair-routine adjustment is in order. Calm your curls and return your hair-- and yourself -- to a relaxed state after a too-short cut.

Step 1

Work a sulfate-free shampoo into the roots of your hair with your fingertips and rinse well. Focus on lathering at the scalp to avoid drying out the ends. Sulfate-free shampoos soften curls without roughing up the cuticle and creating excess volume.

Step 2

Coat your hair from roots to tips with a smoothing hair mask. Heavy masks formulated with Argan oil or coconut milk are best for smoothing curls.

Step 3

Cover your conditioner-coated hair with a shower cap, and direct a hairdryer on high heat over the cap. Move in a slow, circular motion until you've gone over your whole head three times. This will help the moisture to soak into your hair fully, and soften curls from the inside out.

Step 4

Leave the conditioner and cap on for an additional 30 minutes, then rinse the conditioner from your hair completely.

Step 5

Gently squeeze the ends of your hair dry with a paper towel to avoid roughing up the cuticle and causing frizz.

Step 6

Work a dime-size amount of leave-in conditioner through the ends of your hair, and comb your hair from roots to tips using a wide-tooth comb. This will detangle and distribute the product without leading to breakage.

Step 7

Allow your hair to air-dry completely. Blow-dryers and heat styling tools add volume and dry out your hair, emphasizing the shape of a short cut. Air-dried curls are more relaxed and manageable.

Step 8

Pour a quarter-size amount of hair oil onto your fingertips and smooth it over your curls to loosen as desired. Opt for a lightweight Argan oil for fine hair, or use coconut or olive oil for thick hair. Oils add shine and lock out the humidity that leads to extra frizz.


  • Begin washing your hair every other day instead of every day. This will give your hair's natural oils a chance to condition your curls and soften them for you.